1990 Ford Fiesta Popular Plus 1.0 from UK and Ireland
A brilliant little car
Only age-related problems:
New exhaust system needed when purchased
Rear brake pads
Leaking oil sump
Rear arches and petrol cap area beginning to rust (typical Mk3 Fiesta)
An absolute cracker of a first car; my Fiesta was always totally reliable, it never let me down. I love the design of the MK3 Fiesta; it looks great from the outside and the interior is simple, but well laid out.
Being a 999cc engine with 4 gears, acceleration is not wonderful, but it would happily do 80mph, 90 at a push. It does take a lot of oil, but works hard. It is noisy, but comfortable.
Handling is good, but not with rear passengers in the wet!
A brilliant little car, I always felt totally in control. I'll forever regret the day I pulled out in front of an escort van, alas, my Fiesta is no more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd April, 2002
11th Apr 2004, 13:52
The writer of this review sadly defaced this cars image, hence the "alas my fiesta is no more". He then gave the car to me, I repaired it - new wing, front panels/bumpers/lights and it's great, then I dropped out the 4 speed box and put in a 5 speed.
The TLM single choke carb has gone and has been replaced by a twin choke Weber. Finally when the petrol camp bubbled away, it's been cut out and repaired. To hide the rust arches, the car has been kitted with XR2i kit/alloy wheels.
Still the 999cc engine, but now it will do 98mph, which is nice!